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231 Front St., South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 799-5400
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Ranked #25 of 141 Restaurants in South Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and Portland skyline. Located next to a marina.Serving lunch & dinner, seafood is the specialty, but other menu items are offered. Great nautical atmosphere, with water views. Outside seating in warm weather, and a function room upstairs for private parties. High quality.
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English first
Portland, Maine
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67 reviews 67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I stopped in after work on a friday night when they were having a $1 raw oyster special, and I put away 3 dozen oysters (before meeting up with friends at Long Grain). They had house made hot sauce that was out of this world that acted as the perfect mignonette. The next day I stopped in for a quick... More 

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The menu was very eclectic and nicely presented. Generous portions. I was there between lunch and dinner, but the staff did make me comfortable and allowed me to order off the menu.

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South Portland, Maine
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

On a warm summer night beautiful place to view the sunset over the Portland skyline while sitting on the deck. The food is OK but a little pricey. Nothing special except for the view.

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Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Great location and food selection. Came with our 4 yo. Nice variety of food for her and a cute sitting area (in lobster chairs) next to a cute fish tank. Will be back!

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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Perfectly cooked Filet with a Bleu Cheese butter outstanding! my brother had the freshest tasting Haddock I was almost sorry I didn't order it too! And of course there were 3 lobsters at the table- so everyone was happy! We started with the Cracklin Calamari- never a disappointment they toss it in a vinaigrette so it is unusual but so... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

we've had lunch and dinner here many times over the years. the service is very good, and the view of the marina is fabulous. the food however is just ok. I don't think any of the seafood is from the Atlantic, or "wild". the fish and chips is ok, but the fries are always soggy and overfried in old grease.... More 

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Portland, Maine
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I was returning with a friend from DL,who wanted to go back because she remembered how wonderful the scallops were 2 years ago. This time unfortunately was not the same. Our server could not remember what he said he would do and had to be reminded on more than one occasion. He never introduced himself and appeared like he did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Sitting on the deck overlooking the harbor watching the sun set over Portland was outstanding. My blackened salmon could not have been better and the portion was generous. My son had the broiled haddock and raved over it. Our server was there when needed but did not hover.

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Troy, Michigan
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

A really enjoyable restaurant in South Portland, overlooking a marina and the waterfront of Portland, Maine. The four of us all enjoyed our meals: lightly breaded and flash fried clams (not your Howard Johnson variety) and great French fries, broiled haddock with delicious with really flavorful mashed potatoes, a Caprese salad featuring eggplant (yum), and lobster chowder. We had a... More 

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Scarborough, Maine
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Food and service was very good as is the scenery ....however......if you are concerned about cost, you should question exactly what is included with the entree. Our server lead us to believe that the salads were part of the entree. They were not. I paid my bill in whole although I did mention it to the server. She did not... More 

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SWG_SoPo, Manager at Salt Water Grille, responded to this review

My apologies for any misunderstanding. The servers are trained to ask if anyone would like to order a soup/salad or appetizer to start. The menus describe what comes with the entrees (usually a vegetable or starch- as the Chef has paired them) The salads are listed and priced in the appetizer category. More 

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Additional Information about Salt Water Grille

Address: 231 Front St., South Portland, ME 04106
Phone Number: (207) 799-5400
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  South Portland
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Seafood

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